Offering Info

Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership

  • National Course Code: SIS40619
  • TAFE NSW code: SIS40619-01V01-21BMT-200

Location – Wentworth Falls


Full Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

46 Hours per week


18 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership prepares you to lead groups of people through exciting outdoor adventures while offering support and motivation. Fine tune your skills and create safe, memorable experiences as a dynamic outdoor activity leader.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Manage group dynamics
  • Exercise leadership skills and strategies
  • Initiate healthy communication
  • Support people with disabilities
  • Navigate difficult bushwalking tracks
  • Correctly maintain canoeing, abseiling, cycling and climbing equipment
  • Coordinate emergency situations
  • Ensure workplace health and safety


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A love for nature, adventure and the outdoors
  • Great communication skills
  • Positive and solution-based thinking
  • Great time management skills
  • Enthusiasm and ability to motivate others


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate IV level
  • A strong foundation to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
  • The option to complete your first aid certificate

Career opportunities:

  • Outdoor activity leader
  • Outdoor activity guide

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol now.

TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the outdoor recreation industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Intermediate English language proficiency at Certificate III level or Year 11 high school
  • Enjoyment participating in rigorous outdoor recreation activities
  • Adequate fitness and mobility to deliver First Aid, like performing CPR while kneeling on the floor and to complete outdoor recreation tasks such as bushwalking or canoeing
  • Experience using computers and access to the internet and a computer or other mobile device
  • Time to dedicate for self-paced study and assessment completion outside of scheduled class times

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

During your study, you may need to meet the following requirements to be able to undertake work placement within industry.

Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:
Working with Children Check (WWCC)
A current clear Australian National Police Record Check
Current vaccinations including flu (influenza) and COVID-19 and other health department immunisation requirements.
A NDIS Worker Screening Check
Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires

Students will be responsible for costs associated with obtaining these required checks and vaccinations


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

Your required to provide evidence prior to enrolment of having completed Certificate III Outdoor Recreation qualification or evidence of equivalent training and work experience.

To be able to successfully complete this course you will need to attend 4 days per week of class for one semester and all assessments including written and practical tasks, group project work and role plays.

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, 23 June 2021 11:30am to 1:00pm Wentworth Falls Campus, Building F, Ground Level, Room 10 (F.G.10)


This is a full time course. You will need to attend approximately 32 hours of class, over 4 days a week, for 18 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 14 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 9.3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including written assessments, projects and moodle tasks.


This course offering is designed for people who have completed Certificate III Outdoor Recreation qualification or equivalent training and work experience.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday to Thursday from 9:00am to 4:30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
PUAOPE013 Operate communications systems and equipment
SISOFLD002 Minimise environmental impact
SISOPLN001 Finalise operation of outdoor recreation activities
SISOPLN002 Plan outdoor activity sessions
SISOPLN004 Identify hazards, assess and control risks for outdoor recreation activities
SISOPLN005 Interpret weather and environmental conditions for outdoor recreation activities
SISORSC001 Conduct search and rescue
SISXCAI006 Facilitate groups
SISXCCS003 Address client needs
SISXEMR002 Coordinate emergency responses
SISXFAC001 Maintain equipment for activities
Elective Units
Number Title
SISOFLD007 Navigate in difficult tracked environments
SISOBWG003 Bushwalk in extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments
SISOBWG004 Cross rivers during bushwalks
SISOBWG007 Lead bushwalks in extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments
SISOCLM002 Top rope climb single pitches, natural surfaces
SISOCLM006 Establish belays for single pitch climbing on natural surfaces
SISOCLM009 Lead single pitch climbing activities on natural surfaces, top rope climbing
SISOFLD006 Navigate in tracked environments
SISOFLD008 Navigate in extremely difficult tracked and untracked environments
SISORSC002 Perform vertical rescues
SISOCAY004 Establish ropes and belays for abseils in easy to intermediate canyons
SISOCAY006 Lead canyoning activities, easy to intermediate canyons
SISOCAY002 Abseil in easy to intermediate canyons
SISOCAY001 Traverse canyons

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Blue Mountains, Wentworth Falls
Mitchell Street, Wentworth Falls
Phone 131 601

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